Purden Lake Park is found on the north shore of Purden Lake. Located east of Prince George, the surrounding landscape is dominated by the Cariboo and Rocky mountains.
The park has a densely forested upland with open areas near the lakefront. A scenic place for a shoreline stroll or swim and also a popular fishing spot.
Established Date: August 21, 1971
Park Size: 2,521 hectares
Campsite reservations are accepted and first come, first served sites are also available.
All campsite reservations must be made the BC Parks reservations system. When reservations are not available all campsites function as first come, first served.
The campground features paved roads to 78 sites, including 7 double units and 12 tent sites. Purden Lake can also accommodate larger RVs. Campsite reservations are accepted and first come, first served sites are also available.
A large day-use area near the beach features 48 picnic tables and a log picnic shelter complete with a wood stove. Swimming in the clear waters of Purden Lake and sunbathing on the sandy beach are favoured activities of visitors. Change houses are located in the day-use area.
A sani-station and dump is available during the collecting season. The sani-station is located at the campground entrance. The fee is $5 per discharge.
Campfires are allowed and campfire rings are provided at each campsite. We encourage visitors to conserve wood and protect the environment by minimizing the use of fire and using campstoves instead.
Firewood can be purchased in the park or you may bring your own wood. Fees for firewood are set locally and may vary from park to park. Limited burning hours or campfire bans may be implemented.
To preserve vegetation and ground cover, please don’t gather firewood from the area around your campsite or elsewhere in the park (this is a ticketable offence under the Park Act ). Dead wood is an important habitat element for many plants and animals and it adds organic matter to the soil.
Lakeside walking trails are surrounded by a gallery of diverse plant life. For your own safety and the preservation of the park, please obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure.
Please follow safe swimming practices and remain within the designated area. An abrupt drop-off is marked with floats. There are no lifeguards on duty.
Fishing for rainbow trout and burbot is popular at Purden Lake Park. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
Visitors may observe beaver, snowshoe hares, squirrels and porcupines. Bald eagles and ruffed grouse may be seen in the park and the haunting call of the common loon often breaks the evening silence.
Pets and domestic animals must be on a leash at all times. Pets are not allowed in park buildings or beach areas except for the area set aside for pets on the west end of the day-use area (Boaters beach) as indicated by signs. You are responsible for their control, behaviour and must dispose of their excrement. Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to the potential for problems with wildlife.
Bicycles must keep to roadways. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.
Please note that bicycles with electric assist motors (e-bikes) are permitted on signed or designated trails within Purden Lake Park, provided they meet the definitions and criteria for e-bike use as outlined in the BC Parks cycling guidelines.
Portions of this park are open to hunting. All hunters should refer to the current BC Hunting & Trapping Regulations Synopsis for regulations and further information.
Purden Lake Park is located 64km east of Prince George on the Yellowhead Highway #16.
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BC Parks honours Indigenous Peoples’ connection to the land and respects the importance of their diverse teachings, traditions, and practices within these territories. This park webpage may not adequately represent the full history of this park and the connection of Indigenous Peoples to this land. We are working in partnership with Indigenous Peoples to update our websites so that they better reflect the history and cultures of these special places.